Which theater gala are you going to on Monday?
This Monday night, November 14, offers a load of galas and special events:
1. Broadway Unplugged (Town Hall) - This is a must for all fans of Scott Siegel's Broadway by the Year series and its numerous spinoffs, such as this. One of the trademark features of Siegel's concerts is when he asks a performer or two to sing without the aid of a microphone. For this concert, everyone's gotta perform without a mic. The large cast includes Carolee Carmello, Patrick Page (who will not be flying over the audience in a green jumpsuit, thankfully) Chuck Cooper, Terri White, Nancy Anderson and others. That's where I'll be.
2. Make Believe on Broadway (Shubert Theatre) - This annual charity gala, hosted by Brooke Shields and Brad Oscar, sports some really impressive names as special guests including Mike Myers, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman and more. Only Make Believe, the not-for-profit group being benefited, brings theater to children in hospitals and care facilities. I don't know how the show will be, but that is a mission well worth supporting.
3. The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway (American Airlines Theatre) - Billy Crudup, Carla Gugino, Julia Stiles, Jason Biggs, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, John Krasinski and others will perform short plays written on 24-hours notice. These events tend to be quite messy, but that's part of its appeal.
4. The Acting Company's Annual Masquerade Gala (Capitale) - No clue to what extent this will be a masquerade, or if costumes are involved, but the event will include appearances by the cast of "Godspell" (that's enough to keep me away from it), Brian Stokes Mitchell and David Hyde Pierce.
5. 2011 Steinberg Playwright "Mimi" Awards (Vivian Beaumont Theatre) - Playwrights Lisa D'Amour and Melissa James Gibson will be honored.
6. Celebrity Charades 2011: Down and Derby (Highline Ballroom) - Celebs such as Michelle Trachtenberg, Evan Rachel Wood and Daphne Rubin-Vega will compete in games of charades.